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Dunedin in Pinellas County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Dunedin LVT, Landing Vehicle Tracked

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, April 7, 2018
1. The Dunedin LVT, Landing Vehicle Tracked Marker
Inscription.  The LVT (amtrac) is an amphibious vehicle designed from Donald Roebling's Alligator for military operations on land and sea. 18,000 + were produced between 1941 and 1945. Originally built in Dunedin FL, LVTs played a significant role in our victory in WWII.

The Dunedin LVTs and the Marines stationed in Dunedin served in the first major land offensive in the pacific, Guadalcanal, in 1942 exactly 8 months after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

In a letter send from Okinawa in 1945, USMC Major General Roy S. Geiger called LVTs “the work horses of the Marine Corps. Except for the 'amtracs' it would have been impossible for our troops to get ashore on Tarawa, Saipan, Guam or Pelelieu without taking severe, if not prohibitive losses.”

The Dunedin LVT honors Donald Roebling, the history of LVTs, the Spirit of America, Dunedin, the 1st Marine CorpsLVT Battalion established in Dunedin and those that followed, all Veterans, and all who served Our Nation.
 
Location. 28° 0.273′ N, 82° 47.287′ W. Marker is in Dunedin, Florida, in Pinellas
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By Bill Kirchner, April 7, 2018
2. The Dunedin LVT, Landing Vehicle Tracked Marker
County. Memorial is on Douglas Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 360 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin FL 34698, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Orange Belt Railway Station (approx. half a mile away); The American's Creed / In Grateful Remembrance (approx. half a mile away); Purple Heart Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Dedicated to the Memory of Dr. Willis Stanley Blatchley (approx. one mile away); Historic Andrews Memorial Chapel (approx. 2.1 miles away); Clearwater Athletic Field (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Seminole Bridge (approx. 2.3 miles away); Training Area of the U.S. Marine Corps Amphibian Tractor (Alligator) (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dunedin.
 
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By Bill Kirchner, April 7, 2018
3. The Dunedin LVT, Landing Vehicle Tracked Marker
Plaques on both sides of the marker list the supporting benefactors or honorees of the Dunedin LVT project.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2018, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 83 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 24, 2018, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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